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Poster: Blank Pictures Date: Jan 16, 2009 8:56am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Wrong film !!!!

OK I'm sorry I was a little hasty with that statement. But, as you'll see, not many Universals are PD.
Re: To Kill a Mockingbird, the screenplay and book remain in copyright so I doubt that's PD.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jan 16, 2009 8:32pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Wrong film !!!!

The film wasn't renewed, so the film as a copyrightable work is public domain. Whether or not the film can be freely exploited is a matter of interpretation of Stewart v Abend which is the main case that is cited by companies that want to forget their renewal mistakes. The interpretation issue is whether that decision simply gives successors in ownership (trusts, estates, etc) the right to revoke all past agreements and have full control of past licensed copyrights at renewal date, which is does. Or whether it splits the sum of a copyrightable work into its individual parts creating a class of "substantial part" or "underlying" copyright infringement in whole works (rather than the traditional protection against partial or derivative works.)

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-01-17 04:32:12

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